The €2 billion scheme, announced as part of the Government’s July stimulus package, provides low-cost loans to businesses impacted by the pandemic with up to 80 per cent guaranteed by the State.

Up to 1,250 Irish businesses have been “recommended” for State-backed coronavirus loans, according to a senior official at the Department of Enterpris(...)

The proposal for the increase in the national minimum wage  was based on a recommendation by the Low Pay Commission. Photograph: iStock

The national minimum wage for adults is to be increased by 10 cent per hour from the beginning of January next year. The new rate will be set at €10.(...)

About 340,000 staff across the public service are set to receive a two per cent pay rise in October.  Photograph:  iStock

The Low Pay Commission is understood to have formally recommended to the Government that the national minimum wage should be increased by 10c per hour(...)

Debenhams staff and supporters protesting  outside Debenhams store on Henry Street, Dublin, before marching to the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last March it was abruptly announced by Debenhams Ireland that it would go into liquidation with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs. The company initia(...)

The Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment on Kildare Street, Dublin.

It’s always a risk in Dublin, wherever you are. But while loitering on a pavement near Leinster House recently, as I have only since realised, I was s(...)

Anyone who took out travel insurance after the middle of March is almost certainly not going to be covered for any coronavirus-related cancellations.

Kieran O’Leary made contact and raised an interesting point about travel insurance in the time of coronavirus. In a travel-related online Q&A we(...)

Arlene Foster apologised again ‘for my failings in the implementation of the RHI scheme’.

The Northern Assembly will on Monday debate the report into the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Up to three hours have been set aside for the(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster: report found she should not have been presented with a document which lacked all the necessary cost information, but she equally should not have signed it. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA

The Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme should never have been adopted, the chairman of the inquiry into the so-called cash-for-ash(...)

Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster Foster admitted that she did not read the legislation behind the Renewable Heat Incentive. File photograph: The Irish Times

More than three years since the Renewable Heat Incentive inquiry was established in January 2017 the chairman, Patrick Coghlin, is to publish his find(...)

Farmer William Montgomery, in Co Antrim: “I was a person who never was a worrier much, but it has been very tough because sometimes you just can’t see an end to it.” Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

William Montgomery has 77,000 broiler chickens, three chicken houses, and two Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) boilers. Every one of the chickens on hi(...)

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